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Leadership lessons from a ‘Top Gun’

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Flying with the Blue Angels means hurtling through the air from all angles at 500 miles per hour in formations where your plane’s wingtips can come within 18 inches of your wingman’s jet.So it’s safe to say John Foley has plenty of credibility when it comes to speaking about the importance of trust, leadership, and a commitment to excellence in the work environment.The former Blue Angel will relate his experiences as a Navy pilot, a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an entrepreneur during a keynote address Sunday at the CUNA Tech/OpSS Council Conference in Orlando, Fla.Foley, who flew in the movie “Top Gun,” believes sustained excellence requires not only a commitment to constant improvement but also a methodology that’s repeatable, transferable, and effective. continue reading »last_img read more

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The Latest: Ivy League places all sports on hold

first_img___The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand.The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm.The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.___ The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not available this year.The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience.According to an email sent Wednesday by the Ravens to the owners of Personal Seat Licenses, the team speculated that stadium capacity — if fans are allowed — would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game.If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders receiving a priority opportunity to purchase in advance of any public sale. ___Stanford has announced it’s eliminating 11 varsity sports programs after the 2020-21 academic year.Programs affected include men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. The university is the first Power Five school to cut any sports programs. It also said Wednesday that it’s eliminating the jobs of 20 support staff as part of the realignment. ___ Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend.The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media.Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. He is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday and speak to the media on Thursday.Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. The team says DeShields experience minor symptoms from the virus. He’ll be tested again when he arrives and can rejoin his teammates as long as he doesn’t test positive again.DeShields is in his first season with the Indians, who acquired him in December from Texas in the trade involving ace Corey Kluber. The Ivy League becomes the first Division I conference to make the move, which affects the start of basketball season. The league is leaving open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the virus outbreak is better controlled by then.The Ivy League also was the first conference to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball tournament on March 10, just ahead of the quick spread of the virus in the Northeast.___The Detroit Tigers acknowledge an undisclosed number of players on the team have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Tigers general manager Al Avila said some of them were isolated, retested, and passed protocols to resume baseball activities. Avila said in a statement that those who tested positive “are being closely monitored by our medical staff and we hope to have them back on the field soon.“ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Avila added that the team will not identify players who are unable to participate in workouts due to non-work-related injuries.___North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff.The school announced results Wednesday following 429 tests administered to athletes, coaches and athletics staff as they began returning to campus last month. That followed a plan that included athletes receiving multiple tests and a phased return for the school’s varsity programs running from June through early August.The school didn’t specify which programs were impacted beyond announcing the pause to football workouts, though it said the Orange County Health Department had identified a cluster of five or more related cases. It’s unclear exactly what date football workouts will resume.___Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party.The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst declined to say whether the positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party.The Bucks owned an NBA-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Boston Celtics.center_img ___NASCAR in August will move its road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona’s road course, which is used by the IMSA sports car series and incorporates part of the famed 2.5-mile oval. The race on Aug. 16 was a necessary move from Watkins Glen because NASCAR cannot meet New York’s quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors.___ Associated Press July 8, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Ivy League has placed all sports on hold for the rest of the year for its eight schools because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Ivy League places all sports on hold ___Northwestern’s game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field is being moved on campus to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. Athletic director Jim Phillips cited the possibility of a limited crowd at the famed ballpark even if fans were allowed. He called it “a disappointing conclusion to reach” and said the Wildcats hope to play there again “with a packed house.”In 2010, Northwestern played Illinois in the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938. The Wildcats have since played baseball and lacrosse games there.last_img read more

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Pellegrini’s long goodbye turning sour

first_img DIFFERENT PRIORITY MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manuel Pellegrini’s long goodbye at Manchester City is turning sour. At the end of a week in which the team surrendered meekly in the Champions League semi-finals, City were held 2-2 by Arsenal in the English Premier League to throw into doubt their return to Europe’s elite competition next season. A top-four finish is no longer in City’s hands with one week left in the season. Even more galling, their great rivals – Manchester United – could grab City’s Champions League qualification berth. Fourth-place City are two points clear of United, who have two games left – against West Ham and Bournemouth – to City’s one. “If you don’t depend on what you can do, it’s more difficult. But I think we deserve to be in the Champions League next year,” said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola in the offseason after three years in charge. Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a point with a 68th-minute equaliser at Etihad Stadium, consolidating his team’s position in third. A draw at home to already-relegated Aston Villa on the final day will guarantee Arsenal a 20th straight top-four finish under Arsene Wenger. Despite losing 2-1 at home to Southampton, Tottenham are assured of a top-three finish and therefore automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage. Spurs’ end to the season is also proving a disappointment, though, having failed to win any of their last three games and allowing Leicester to seal the title at the start of this week. Steven Davis scored both goals for Southampton, who are in sixth place and in position to qualify for next season’s Europa League. Son Heung-min gave Tottenham the lead in the 16th. In yesterday’s other game, Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 through goals by Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino to stay in eighth place, but the Premier League isn’t the team’s priority for the rest of the season. Liverpool play Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 18 and manager Juergen Klopp will likely continue to rotate his line-ups for the Reds’ remaining two league games. After taking charge of his final home game as City manager, Pellegrini took to the microphone soon after the final whistle to say a final ‘thank you’ to the club’s fans. City’s players stood in the centre circle, mostly with folded arms, to watch highlights of Pellegrini’s tenure on the big screens. Yet, only a few thousand fans stayed back after the game to bid Pellegrini farewell. The Chilean coach has won one Premier League title, the League Cup two times and guided City to the Champions League semi-finals – the furthest the club has ever progressed in the competition. But his reign is ending in limp fashion. City barely posed a threat in bowing out to Real Madrid on Wednesday and the possibility of now losing their top-four place is, in Pellegrini’s words, a “disaster”. Sergio Aguero’s eighth-minute opener was cancelled out two minutes later by Olivier Giroud’s header from a corner, in a riveting start to the match. Kevin De Bruyne put City back in front with a low shot from the edge of the area in the 51st, before Sanchez played a one-two with Giroud and beat Hart with a low finish from just outside the penalty area. “It is in our hands,” Wenger said of Champions League qualification. “Our character has been questioned a few times this season and we gave the right response on the pitch.” For Pellegrini and City, much now hinges on Man United’s game at West Ham tomorrow. Win that and United can finish the job by beating out-of-form Bournemouth at home on the final day. City finish the season away to Swansea.last_img read more

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Good day for Serena

first_imgPARIS, France (AP): Even before Serena Williams quickly and easily seized control of her first-round match yesterday, things were shaping up rather well for her at the French Open. Williams’ bid for her 22nd Grand Slam title, which would equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record, began with a nothing-to-see-here 6-2, 6-0 victory over 77th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia in all of 42 minutes. Not that she wished that it had been more of a workout. “It was a little short for me, but I think in my career, if I don’t have it by now, I need to look into something different. So I’m OK I’m OK with that,” said the top-seeded Williams, who took the last 10 games after a so-so start. What happened earlier on Day Three was more surprising – and perhaps just as significant for the defending champion: Two of the top-five seeded women exited the clay-court tournament. No. 3 Angelique Kerber, who upset Williams in the Australian Open final in January, lost to 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. And No. 5 Victoria Azarenka, one of the only other two women who defeated Williams this season, bowed out in the first round, too, stopping because of an injured right knee while trailing 4-0 in the third set against 118th-ranked Karen Knapp of Italy. Williams could have faced Azarenka in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Kerber in the semi-finals. But Azarenka’s knee buckled in the sixth game of the second set, and she started grimacing and limping. After the first point of the next game, she went to the sideline and requested medical attention, which Karin Knapp didn’t think was fair. “I don’t want to say anything bad about her,” Knapp said, “but we all know how she is.” Serena’s older sister, No. 9 seeded Venus, spent a lot more time on court, needing nearly two hours to get past 82nd-ranked Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4). The top-seeded man, Novak Djokovic, was not tested at all, defeating 95th-ranked Yen-hsun Lu 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, while Rafael Nadal was ease in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory over 100th-ranked Sam Groth. No. 2 Andy Murray was never that at peace during his struggle of a match, which was suspended because of darkness Monday night in the fourth set, against 37-year-old Radek Stepanek. In the end, though, Murray eked out a 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 win. He’ll be scheduled to play for a third consecutive day today. KNEE PROBLEMSlast_img read more

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